After months of waiting, hoping and speculating, the studio behind the "Twilight" saga has finally given millions of fans what they've been wanting: An official cast announcement for "New Moon." And as the currently filming sequel continues to roll cameras, Twilighters can look forward to a good mix of fresh-faced newcomers and familiar film veterans.
"New castmembers include the legendary Volturi, a venerable coven of vampires who weigh and impose the laws of the vampire world, as well as two new members of the Quileute Indian Nation," reads the press release posted Wednesday (April 15) on the Summit Entertainment site. "The Volturi include Charlie Bewley as Demetri, Jamie Campbell Bower as Caius, Daniel Cudmore as Felix, Christopher Heyerdahl as Marcus, all Volturi enforcers. Dakota Fanning plays Jane, a high-ranking and powerful Volturi member, and Cameron Bright is Alec, her brother. Noot Seear plays Volturi member Heidi. Michael Sheen plays Aro, the Volturi leader. Graham Greene appears as Harry Clearwater, Quileute tribal leader and old friend of Bella's father Charlie. Tinsel Korey is Emily, the fiancée of Sam Uley."
The announcement also confirms the return of several beloved castmembers from last year's hit film. "Rejoining the movie are Ashley Greene as Alice, Peter Facinelli as Carlisle, Elizabeth Reaser as Esme, Kellan Lutz as Emmett, Nikki Reed as Rosalie, Jackson Rathbone as Jasper , Edi Gathegi as Laurent and Rachelle Lafevre as Victoria."
Finally, the studio gives Twilighters a new synopsis of the eagerly anticipated flick: "In 'New Moon,' Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love Edward (Robert Pattinson). But her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly, she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and she finds her loyalties tested."
The announcement comes as big news for Twilighters, even if the casting of Noot Seear, Jamie Campbell Bower, Michael Sheen and Dakota Fanning was already common knowledge among the fanbase. Other names like Graham Greene ("Transamerica," "Die Hard With a Vengeance") and Cameron Bright ("Birth," "X-Men: The Last Stand") are a bit more unexpected.
"New Moon" is currently filming on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Tuscany, Italy. The second film in the "Twilight" franchise is scheduled to hit theaters November 20.
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